PACE Teaching and Learning Conference

Conference Materials available now!

Opening / PACE ED Talks in Goins Auditorium (GN 136)

9:30am – 11am

11:15am to 12 noon

12 noon to 1:30pm

Lunch & Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFTs) in the Cafeteria and Annex

 1:45pm to 3:15pm

3:30pm to 4:15pm

4:30pm to 6:30pmLEAP - Laugh, Enjoy at Pellissippi

  • LEAP Meetup at Don Gallo: Everyone is invited to join the LEAP Meetup after the conference.
    • LEAP stands for Laugh, Enjoy at Pellissippi.
    • A group of leopards or panthers is called a leap.
    • Come unwind and enjoy the company of your fellow Pellissippi panthers. Visit with people you already know andmake new connections with people you meet. Perhaps order some food and drinks. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. We hope to see you there!
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Session Descriptions

8am: Welcome & Keynote Ed Talks

Data Visualization: Helping Students Organize Information

Presented by Caroline Covington, Associate Professor of Visual Art

Data Visualization refers to the representation of information in visual form. This Ed Talk will introduce different brainstorming techniques as well as new technology available to assist with organizing information.

Pellissippi Students Paid for Progress in STEM Education

Presented by Ellen Matheny, Mathematics Professor & Diana Drye and Benjamin Bridges students

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Pellissippi State have partnered with five school districts in East Tennessee to tackle the persistent shortage of mathematics and science teachers East Tennessee, the heart of Appalachia. The mission of the VolsTeach for Appalachia program (NSF grant funded) is to grow and diversify the STEM teacher workforce in East Tennessee by supporting community college students in their journey to becoming the next generation of high-quality, successful STEM teachers. The first internship experience occurred this past June from 8am-1pm each weekday for four weeks. Many of our students participated in learning about STEM teaching through guided discussions and hands-on activities. The interns had the opportunity to facilitate a week-long STEM camp for middle school students at UTK and to facilitate shorter STEM workshops with preschool students at the MUSE. The students who participated walked away with a better understanding of what STEM teaching “looks like” and showed great appreciation and enthusiasm about their experience.

Student Veteran Challenges

Presented by Trevor Harvey, Director of Veterans Services

The presenter will share 3 specific challenges our student veterans face in the classroom with a video highlighting these, as well as some resources available to them and faculty/staff.

Social Belonging Intervention Ideas

Presented by Kate O’Meara, Assistant Professor of English & ESL and David Rasnake, English Instructor

This is a component of a larger talk previously presented at TASSR. It presents three ideas for inclusion and social belonging practices in the classroom — a naming/misnaming reading unit, a calendar project that allows students to take an active role to design a diverse and inclusive calendar in the classroom and a t-shirt experiment.

9:30 to 11am Sessions

Open Up to OER (Open Education Resources) in GN 227

Presented by Antija Allen, Instructor of Psychology/Faculty Fellow-First Year Experience

Dr. Antija Allen is the PACE Faculty Fellow for First Year Experience. Her project focuses on faculty development around implementation of Open Education Resources (OER). Her overall goal is to assist faculty in helping students eliminate both the academic and financial barriers created by purchasing textbooks. At the end of this hands-on workshop participants will be able to (1) identify what Open Education Resources are; (2) describe the pros and cons of adopting an OER textbook (or other resource); and (3) review Open Education Resources for use in their courses. Each participant will leave with an OER that they can potentially adopt in their future classes.

Understanding and Empowering Our Global Campus Community in GN 225A

Presented by Chester Needham, Assistant Professor of English, ESL/ESOL

As a current PACE Global and Diversity Faculty Fellow, Chester has been working with and interviewing current English Language Learners at PSCC in order to gain insights into the challenges they face both in and out of the classroom here in Knoxville. Alongside his work with students, Chester is creating a cultural inclusivity training designed to provide these special insights for faculty and staff across the College interested in learning from his experience as an expatriate, and about resources available at Pellissippi State. If you are interested in learning more about the unique needs of our ELL students and how we can best support them, please consider joining Chester for an in-person information sharing session that will include question and answer periods interspersed with actual interviews with current students and faculty alike.

Assignments for Various Learning Styles in GN 225C

Presented by Laura Arnett Smith, Adjunct faculty in Communications and English

Participants will take Felder’s online Learning Styles Inventory, receive results, and learn the following: how the four scales match your teaching style vs student preferences, how student behavior and struggle is affected by types of assignments/instruction received, how closely assignments match student learning preferences across disciplines, additional options to vary and alter assignments leading to higher student motivation and learning outcomes, and ways to move students from a comfortable learning preference to a more efficient way of learning material.

11:15am to 12 noon

Fundamentally Engaged: Using HIPs and Collaboration to Create a Communication Engagement Project in GN 225C

Presented by Angel Hughes, Associate Professor of Communication Studies; Tracey Farr, Assistant Professor of Business and Computer Technology, Business Management; Oakley Atterson, Associate Professor of English

This presentation will discuss a project created for the Fundamentals of Communication course which emphasized high-impact practices and required students to engage in communication over the course of the semester in one of four ways – serving as an English language conversation partner, taking part in service-learning, joining a campus club, or considering an alternative assignment. Presenters will discuss the collaboration required, the impact on students, and lessons learned.

Shifting the Paradigm: Promoting Social Belonging in the Classroom in GN 225A

Presented by Heather Lee Schroeder, Associate Professor of English and Keri Withington, Associate Professor of English

Transform the classroom into a hub of social connection and belonging for students, while simultaneously providing an enriched learning environment. Schroeder and Withington will outline a series of low-effort, transformational practices that can be adopted immediately during the spring semester. The presentation will focus on practical tips and quick implementation in an effort to energize, inspire, and transform instructors’ teaching practice. Participants will leave with up to five practical practices with implementation tips and assessment strategies.

Finding Our Way with High Impact Practices, Equity, and the First Year Experience: Lessons from the Trenches in GN 227

Presented by John Smith, Associate Professor of Mathematics; Rick Patton, Associate Professor of English; Rachel Glazener, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Antija Allen, Instructor of Psychology

PACE promotes high impact practices by providing professional development opportunities designed to enhance faculty and staff abilities to serve our students not only as teachers, but also as mentors, allies, and guides. During this interactive presentation four of your colleagues will present their faculty fellows projects. The goals of each of these projects relate to crucial characteristics of the high impact practice of the First Year Experience We will be looking at quantitative and qualitative evidence exploring our successes, obstacles, failures. and lessons learned. We will be making this presentation again in February at the 2020 High Impact Practices in the States annual conference. We are requesting your feedback that lets us know what we need to drop, what may have been left out, and what we can do better. Especially with the question that is always the elephant in the room, “How do you measure that?”

Zoom and Zoom Rooms…how are they different? in GN 251

Presented by Kristy Conger, ETS Director

Have you heard of Zoom? Have you heard of Zoom Rooms? Do you know the difference between the two? In this session we will discuss how the Zoom web conference application and the Zoom Rooms application can be used as part of distance learning. We will also discuss the different delivery options to consider when utilizing either application for instructional purposes. Session participants will come away with a list of helpful resources for utilizing Zoom and the Zoom Rooms application.

12 noon to 1:30pm Lunch & Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT) Sharing in Cafeteria and Annex

Students Teach Us About Inclusivity

Shared by Deborah Bernhardt, Assistant Professor of English

Generous students will help us learn to be increasingly inclusive of their identities. This presentation is a mini-version of forthcoming PACE workshops for PSCC employees (2019-2021 PACE fellowship project with focus on historically underrepresented groups).

Language Lessons for Math from AMATYC

Shared by Kara Raymond, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Using specific terminology when introducing early algebra topics will improve students’ understanding and reduce common mistakes made in all math classes. Come hear one of the awesome ideas I found at the annual conference for the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges in Milwaukee and immediately implemented in my classes.

Annotating with a Purpose

Shared by Lora Bagwell, Associate Professor of Reading

The presenter will share an online (NowComment) annotating activity to encourage student engagement with a reading or video viewing assignment.

Creative Collaboration through Mock Town Hall Meetings

Presented by Skyler Lauderdale, Instructor of Sociology

For this assignment, students work in small groups to prepare remarks for an “emergency town hall-style meeting.” The primary student learning outcome of this assignment is that students will be able to educate the public and debate issues surrounding a given topic relevant to the course content upon completion. In addition, this assignment affords students an opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other, to practice their public speaking and oral communication skills, and to construct a supportive classroom community. To do the assignment, small groups of students are assigned to represent a variety of stakeholders related to the course topic under investigation. Some stakeholder examples useful for many disciplines include a teacher’s union, a group of scholars, an activist organization, an industry lobby, a historic preservation society, or a local community group. Students are given one class period to work together, research, and devise a plan for their oral debate. Another class period is devoted to the mock town hall, where the students groups aka stakeholders act out their points of view. Example assignment instructions will be available for other round table participants.

Role Playing in History Courses for Deeper Historical Understanding

Presented by Nathan Widener, Instructor of History

Briefly discuss role playing games and exercises that I use, such as Mercantilism, World War I and II, and The Age of Revolutions. This discussion is designed to take complicated topics and break them apart and see the daily application for students and how radical and problematic these ideas were.

Easy Video Animation & MLA Essay Videos

Shared by Kate O’Meara, Assistant Professor of English & ESL and Karen Sorensen, PACE Instructional Designer

Using a free video animation program, create fun videos for instruction or have your students create fun videos for their homework.

Why Teach with an iPad? Top 5 reasons!

Shared by Rachel Glazener, Associate Professor of Chemistry

iPads are not new and shiny anymore, the first iPad came out in 2010, many of us have an iPad for either work or play. It looks like this type of technology may be here to stay. Let’s put it to work for us in the classroom! Here are the top 5 reasons to use it for teaching.

Using LinkedIn/ Assignment Strategies for Success

Shared by Lisa Fall, Professor of Management

This session, equipped with handouts, will provide a brief overview of the use of LinkedIn/, which is a special data base we all have access to here at PSCC. Participants will hear how they can incorporate these educational training videos into their course curriculum

1:45pm to 3:15pm

The Simple Power of Story:  One Social Belonging Intervention in GN 227

Presented by Anne Pharr, Associate Professor and First Year Seminar Program Coordinator

When you hear the term social belonging intervention (SBI), what comes to mind? Another acronym for the latest buzzword in higher ed?  One more meaningless task to add to your already-packed to-do list?  Something too warm-and-fuzzy-sounding to be a viable activity for college courses?

If the idea of implementing a social belonging intervention is just plain off-putting to you (for any reason), then this session may be for you.

This interactive workshop will allow participants to learn about and prepare one specific social belonging intervention that can be used in any of our classes.  During the 90 minutes, we will do the following:

  • Hear current research that supports story-sharing as a method for cultivating social belonging;
  • Reflect on our own individual journey through higher education;
  • Identify experiences that might be beneficial for students to hear;
  • Share our thoughts and ideas with one another;
  • Consider how hearing one another’s stories can impact the broader PSCC community; and
  • Create notes for a story to share with our students this semester.

Participants will also receive a list featuring a menu of research-based social belonging interventions to consider implementing in the future.

Enhancing the Student Learning Experience with Video Assignments in Brightspace in GN 225C

Presented by Royce Jacomen and Stephanie Shipley, ETS Instructional Technology Specialists

Participants will be introduced to the Video Assignments tool in the Brightspace learning environment. During this session, presenters will cover the pedagogical advantages of student created video submissions, provide an overview of the tool setup in course content, and experience video assignments as both student and instructor. Implementing this assignment type in your course, will allow instructors to develop experiential learning opportunities, gain an authentic representation of student comprehension, and support students’ development of soft skills.

Engage, Assess, Insight: Dive into Today’s Hottest EDU APPS in GN 225B

Presented by Rachel Glazener, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Join this session to dive into 3 of my self-proclaimed top apps that you can use to increase student engagement, for assessment of student knowledge, and use reporting features to help fill your students learning gaps. Bring 5 questions with answers that you would normally use for in-class questions or a short quiz for hands-on demos and a quick “how to.” We’ll look at Quizlet, PollEverywhere, and Go Formative. Note: This session will require you to use a computer or mobile device. You should feel comfortable logging onto WiFi and navigating a web browser to join this session.

3:30pm to 4:15pm

Using New Tools to Design Materials for All Students in GN 225C

Presented by Alice Wershing, Technology Specialist and Adjunct Instructor and Rebecca Glatt, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Physiology

What tools are available at PSCC to present materials in multiple ways? Come and learn more about the Learning Tools in Office 365 to support the needs of diverse learners. Also, Readspeaker and TextAid are other options within Brightspace/D2L for reading course content and web content. We will discuss the ways that faculty have created learning activities that can be used with these tools, and how these differ from screen reading software. Ideas for writing alternate descriptions and providing content for varied learning needs will be presented, including for STEM content.

Write that down! in GN 225A

presented by Jennifer Brickey, Associate Professor of Art

What’s working? What’s not? Let’s talk about teaching right now. Many factors beyond our control are affecting our student’s success. We have a new generation in our midst, the world is shifting, and students and instructors are feeling the pressure. So, how do we stay motivated as instructors? This session will explore current classroom dynamics, cultural and social trends for learning, as well as tricks for not getting burnt out.

Can Pellissippi Save Higher Education? in GN 227

presented by Gregory Johnson, Philosophy Instructor

Higher education is in danger of becoming something reserved solely for the managerial class.  Pellissippi State offers an antidote to this with its commitment to access—especially to students who are first-generation, low-income, adult or underrepresented minorities. In this presentation, I argue that this college pledge reflects a unique perspective that views higher education as a public good available to all. I conclude by showing how Pellissippi’s dedication to this view of higher education is not only important to its regional work in Appalachia, but also to the ongoing discussion of higher education in the 21st Century.

Creative, Research-Based Alternatives to the Traditional Term Paper in GN 225B

Presented by Katie Morris, Associate Professor of Sociology; Skyler Lauderdale, Instructor of Sociology; Stephanie Gillespie, Associate Professor, Instruction Coordinator & Reference Librarian

Sociology instructors wanted to find an alternative to their traditional research paper while still keeping the research component in the class. Working with a librarian, they found a creative and fun solution!